The Lion Above the Door
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‘Ever since I can remember, people have stared at me and my family.
Dad tells me it’s because we’re ‘special’.
But if we’re so special, how come nobody ever looks like us in the books at school? Not even the books about world wars …’
As the only Singaporean boy not just in his school, but in the tiny English he calls home too, Leo witnesses – and feels – the impacts of racism every day. But on a class trip to a nearby cathedral, Leo’s attention is drawn to a marble slab high above the doors of the hall. Right there, bang in the middle of a list of WWII war heroes, Leo finds himself staring at something incredible: his own name.
Desperate to know who this other Leo was, and with Sangeeta asking why women are missing from the history books too, the two friends embark on an epic search.
One that will help uncover missing s/heroes from the past, who each deserve to take their rightful place in the pages of history.
Touching on themes of historical racisms and eradications, The Lion Above the Door shines a light on the millions of s/heroes still missing from our history books, and the power that lies in all of us to rectify past wrongs.
The first edition of this book also contains a special collection of historical photos and stories of real life forgotten heroes from World War Two.
851 in UK Primary January 2024
October 7th, 2021
AR book level: 5.5; Middle years; 9.0 points
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